Canadian science research centres

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Algonquin Wildlife Research Station

Whitney, Ontario

Long term wildlife research in the Ontario wilderness.


Annacis Research Centre, Metro Vancouver

Delta, BC

Providing utilities, academia and private industry opportunities for wastewater research & technology development


Archaeology Centre

University of Toronto

Theoretical and fieldwork research.


Arctic Institute of North America

Calgary, Alberta

All aspects of research in North America's arctic regions including the natural and social sciences.


Avataq Cultural Institute

Inukjuak, Quebec

Mandate to identify, study, protect and preserve the archaeological heritage of Nunavik.


Avian Research Centre

Vancouver, British Columbia

Basic and applied, avian research.


Azrieli Centre for Autism Research

Montreal, Quebec

Research, training and care for people with autism.


Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

Bamfield, British Columbia

Coastal and marine research.


Biotron Institute for Experimental Climate Change Research Centre

London, Ontario

Specialized environmental chambers.


Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis

Victoria, BC

Develops computer models of the climate system to simulate global climate


Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics

Toronto, Ontario

Nationally supported research center for studies in theoretical astronomy and related subjects.


Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Toronto, Ontario

Incubates ideas that revolutionize the international research community and change the lives of people all over the world.



Canadian Museum of Civilization

Ottawa, Ontario

Established in 1856, Canada's centre for Archaeology and Ethnology research.



Canadian Museum of Nature

Ottawa, Ontario

More than 10 million specimens gathered over more than 150 years.


Canadian Polar Commission

Yellowknife, North West Territories

Monitors, supports and promotes polar science to Canada and recommends polar science policy to government.



Devon, Alberta

Focuses on the development of cleaner fossil fuels with a focus on oil sands and heavy oil.


CANMET Materials

Hamilton, Ontario

Researching the fabrication, processing and evaluation of metals and materials


Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE)

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Supports oil & gas development offshore Newfoundland & and other ice-prone regions with research in Remote Sensing, Ice Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.


Center for Earth Observation Sciences

Edmonton, Alberta

Monitors environmental changes.


Center for Earth Observation Sciences

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Specializes in arctic science, monitors sea ice coverage.


Centre d'optique photonique et laser

Quebec City, Quebec

Strategic cluster of optics/photonics researchers.


Centre for Intelligent Machines

Montreal, Quebec

Facilitates and promotes research on intelligent systems.


Centre for Mathematical Biology

Edmonton, Alberta

Combines life scientists and mathematicians.


Centre for Particle Physics

Edmonton, Alberta

Promotes interaction and collaboration among researchers in particle physics.


Centre interuniversitaire en calcul mathématique algébrique (CICMA)

Montreal Quebec

Number theory and arithmetic geometry.


C-FER Technologies

Edmonton, Alberta

Applied engineering research and large-scale testing for the energy industry


Communications Research Centre Canada

Ottawa, Ontario

Canadian federal government's primary laboratory for R&D in advanced telecommunications



David Florida Laboratory

Ottawa, Ontario

Spacecraft assembly, integration and testing centre.


Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Penticton, British Columbia

Science and technology research related to radio astronomy.


Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research

Toronto, Ontario

Multidisciplinary approaches to identify the causes and cures of diseases.


Fields Institute

Toronto, Ontario

Mathematical research activity.


Freshwater Institute Science Laboratory

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Regional Headquarters of Central and Arctic Region for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Global Aerospace Centre for Icing and Environmental Research Inc. (GLACIER)

Thompson, Manitoba

Jet engine testing


Huntsman Marine Science Centre

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

Research and education in the marine sciences, including the Atlantic Reference Centre (ARC)— a research museum for Canadian Atlantic marine life.


Institute for Space Imaging Science

Calgary, Alberta

Research areas include: Space plasma, auroral imaging, analysis and modeling.


Institute of Ocean Sciences

Sidney, British Columbia

Fisheries and ocean research, environmental science and hydrography.


IREQ, Institut de recherche en électricité du Québec est reconnu comme étant le meilleur laboratoire au monde. Il y a des spécialistes reconnus mondialement dans le domaine de l'éolienne qui sont consultés par différents pays. 

Shawinigan and Varennes, Quebec


Institute of Space and Atmospheric Studies

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Solar terrestrial physics and planetary astronomy.


J.S. Marshall Radar Observatory

Montreal, Quebec

Atmospheric remote sensing.


Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory

Montreal, Quebec

Insect collection and systematic entomology laboratory.


McGill Arctic Research Stations


One of the longest-operating seasonal field research facilities in the high Arctic.


McGill University Herbarium

Montreal Quebec

Dried plant specimens.


McMaster Ancient DNA Centre

Hamilton, Ontario

Using DNA and protein in archaeological, paleontological, and forensic remains to answer biological questions.


National Research Council Research Centres

A listing of the dozens of NRC centres for scientific and engineering research


NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre

Chalk River, Ontario

Uses neutron beams as probes to obtain new understandings of materials


Ontario Research Centre for Computer Algebra (ORCCA)

London & Waterloo, Ontario

Fundamental research and development in mathematical software, focusing on computer algebra.


Origins Institute

Hamilton, Ontario

Transdisciplinary approach to research in origin-related topics using ideas and methods from a variety of subjects.


Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS)

Vancouver, British Columbia

Promotes excellent research and applications of the mathematical sciences.


Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

British Columbia

Network of leading researchers from British Columbia and around the world to study climate change impacts and positive approaches to mitigation and adaptation.


Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

Waterloo, Ontario

Basic research centre dedicated to exploring the world around us at its most fundamental level.


Pipe Flow Technology Centre

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

International leader in practical pipeline applications.


Plasma Physics Laboratory

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Research group specialized in magnetic fusion and plasma processing.


Proteomics Research Center

Toronto, Ontario

Studies of protein function and cellular networks with advanced and complimentary experimental approaches and technologies.


The Redpath Museum

Montreal Quebec

One of Canada's oldest free-standing museums, it preserves and displays large collections of ancient and modern organisms, minerals, and world culture (ethnological) artifacts.


Saskatchewan Research Council

Regina, Saskatchewan

One of Canada’s leading providers of applied research, development and technology demonstration.


Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO)

Sudbury, Ontario

Properties of neutrinos and the core of the sun.


TRIUMF National Laboratory for Particle and Nuclear Physics

Vancouver, British Columbia

Laboratory for particle and nuclear physics.


UBC Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research

Vancouver, British Columbia

Canada's oldest continuously operating university botanical garden.


University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Ottawa, Ontario

Basic and clinical cardiovascular research.